Experiential Learning in Transactional Practice

You might have read about LawMeets: It was profiled this week in an ABA Journal news item as the subject of a $500,000 US National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research grant to its developer, entrepreneur and corporate and securities law Professor Karl Okamoto of Drexel University.

Professor Okamoto is also Director of the Business and Entrepreneurship Law Program at Drexel and founder of ApprenNet, which operates the LawMeets venture. The new LawMeets is an online experiential learning initiative, the virtual evolution of Prof. Okamoto’s live National Transactional LawMeet program, which – live or online – might be likened to moots for transactional legal practice.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about this initiative, or similar experiential learning, in the context of both transactional practice focus and the online format. How would the competitive or evaluated format be compared with, for example, law school clinical programs that focus on transactional law?

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